Blog Post By Catherine Gignac: Growing up, people used to tell me that I was too serious — I mean, really serious. For some reason, people (boys) just loved to tease me and say that I couldn’t take, or make for that matter, a joke. I never liked when this happened and even though I always knew I was silly at my core, I was a serious student. I had goals! I had dreams! I had to achieve, achieve, achieve!
In hindsight, now that I’ve grown more, achieved what I envisioned for myself in my twenties (and let’s face it, gone to college), I can see that I was totally too serious in many ways in my teens. Now, those of you who’ve been to my classes know my silly often outweighs my serious. I had to grow into that, but I’m so glad I did.
A lot of this story mimics our yoga practices. We come to our mats with the intention of becoming flexible, strong, skinny, detoxed and toned and we take ourselves so seriously trying to conquer new poses. Achieve, achieve, achieve! While there is definitely a place for us to consider all of the above with a healthful intention, sometimes the seriousness and the goal-setting gets in the way of us really getting anywhere with ourselves.
That’s one of the reasons why I love teaching our glow in the dark yoga class, Glow With The Flow. It’s literally designed to be silly and way less serious than a typical practice. Not only are neon-clad yogis a bit more relaxed when we enter a room full of black lights but we also come out of our shells and a push the envelope a bit more in the dark. It’s impossible to be serious in an utkatasana while singing along to Drop It Like It’s Hot with sixty other people doing the exact same thing.
My intention when teaching each glow class is to get everyone to fire up their silliness a bit more — whether it be in life or in their practice. There’s not much that brings the child-like (or college-student-at-a-dance-club) mentality out in us once we hit “grown up” age, but when the opportunity presents itself, take it. Jump on it. Glow with it. Life and yoga are about a lot more than achieve, achieve, achieve. Sometimes it’s the silly that brings us into our own.
I hope you can join me for Glow With The Flow, part of the Amazing Yoga Gathering Weekend on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30pm! I promise it’ll be a silly good time. – Catherine Gignac